A Prince in a Republic: The Life of Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX of Yogyakarta

A Prince in a Republic: The Life of Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX of Yogyakarta

John Monfries

Format: Print Book

ISBN: 9789814519380

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Hamengku Buwono IX, the late Sultan of Yogyakarta Special Province, is revered by Indonesians as one of the great founders of the modern Indonesian state. He leaves a positive but in some ways ambiguous legacy in political terms. His most conspicuous achievement was the survival of hereditary Yogyakartan kingship, and he provided rare stability and continuity in Indonesia's highly fractured modern history. Under the New Order, Hamengku Buwono also helped to launch the Indonesian economy on a much stronger growth path. Although remembered as the epitome of "political decency", he faded from power and influence as Vice President in the 1970s, and the repressive and anti-democratic features of Suharto's New Order seemed to contradict much of what Hamengku Buwono originally stood for. This biography seeks to explain his political standpoint, motivations, and achievements, and set his career in the context of his times.

The e-chapter, "Introduction and Theoretical Considerations", is downloadable free of charge.

Click here for images of the book launch held at the Yogjakarta Palace on 12 April 2015.

Format: PB

Number of Pages: 376

Publication Date: 14/01/2015

Imprint: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

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